Parallels has updated its remote software that lets users access applications running on a PC or Mac from a mobile device, adding support for Apple's iPad Pro tablet and for using the tablet mode when remotely accessing a Windows 10 system.
Available now, Parallels Access 3.1 is a free update for any user with a current Parallels Access subscription, and has been developed to make remote access easier and more productive by integrating support for the iPad Pro and Windows 10 tablet mode, the firm said.
Parallels Access was launched in 2013 and provides remote access to applications and files on a PC or Mac. This enables full-blown Windows applications to be accessed from a tablet device, so long as the host and mobile client have an internet connection.
Parallels also optimises the desktop application to deliver a user experience that matches that of the mobile device they are using.
The headline feature being pushed is support for the iPad Pro as an endpoint device. The iPad Pro has a larger 12.9in display than earlier versions of Apple's tablet, along with keyboard and stylus accessories to support more business-like applications.
"The latest version of Parallels Access adds a much requested feature: support for the iPad Pro. Parallels Access, which gives users a convenient and natural way to control their desktop applications from their tablet or phone, now has full support for the large screen of the 12.9in iPad Pro," said Parallels senior product manager Kurt Schmucker on the firm's blog.
This release also adds more support for Windows 10, specifically the Continuum feature that adapts the user interface depending on whether a keyboard and mouse are being used or just a touch screen.
Windows 10 switches to tablet mode in the latter situation, and this is now supported for those accessing a Windows 10 system remotely using a tablet with Parallels Access.
Other improvements include support for 3D Touch on the Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus and for the Android Marshmallow release of the platform.
As before, a web browser can be used to access applications and files on the remote computer.
Individual subscriptions for Parallels Access 3.1 cost £13.99 for one year or £27.99 for two years. A free trial is available from the Parallels web site.
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